Tuesday Touts (June 10, 2014)

After a week hiatus, the TT’s are back. Four new ones and a Reconsider Me tout for you once again, and I strongly urge you all to check this stuff out.

“Rabbit” by Amy LaVere: You can’t go wrong with anything off LaVere’s recently released album Runaway’s Diary, but this single is a haunting standout. The open spaces left in the atmospheric music allow for LaVere’s musings on the titular roustabout, which actually serve to reveal even more about the longing and loneliness of the narrator. Really lovely stuff, and you can see the video below.

“You In Your Were” by Kevin Drew: There’s a funny official video to this single from the former leader of the Broken Social Scene featuring Zach Gallifinakis making fun of the bizarre title, but it interrupts the music several times, so the link below is to a simple YouTube video. A dreamy bit of electro-pop with just a hint of melancholy on the edges, this is the second fine single, following “Good Sex”, from Drew’s new album Darlings.

“Open My Eyes” by Rival Sons: Those first two touts a little too mellow for you? Check out Rival Sons from Long Beach, who put together some Zeppelinesque riffs and rhythms with a lead singer who recalls Paul Rodgers with his bluesy bellow on this new single from their just-released album The Great Western Valkyrie. That title alone makes it worth checking out, right? Check out the video below.

“Chasing A Feeling” by The Narrative: The Narrative are Suzie Zeldin and Jesse Gabriel, and they come from New York City with a blend of rootsy guitar, synthesizer buzz, and pretty harmonies. This first single zigs musically every time you think it’s going to zag, at least until everything coheres in a soaringly bittersweet chorus. Their new EP isn’t coming out until this fall, but this first single recommends it highly already.

Reconsider Me Tout of the Week- Black And Blue by The Rolling Stones: Mick Taylor was out, Ronnie Wood wasn’t quite in yet (even though he appears on the album cover, his contributions to the album are minimal), and the Stones essentially used the album to audition new guitarists. As a result, this 1976 release is often considered a transitional one for the band, and yet its eight tracks show the band deftly handling funk (“Hot Stuff”), reggae (“Cherry Oh Baby”) and soulful balladry (“Fool To Cry.”) There’s not a lousy song in the bunch, and “Memory Motel”, which you can find in the link below, is simply an epic heartbreaker.

(E-mail me at countdownkid@hotmail.com or follow me on Twitter @JimBeviglia. My new book, Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs, is available for pre-order now at all major online booksellers and will be arriving next week.)





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